Tips for the traveling Claims Adjuster
Traveling for pleasure is great; traveling for the working claims adjuster, however is not. Booking flights, hotels and cars can seriously be a full time job (and sometimes is) for anyone. There are so many sites and apps that promise to get you the best deal and make your traveling life that much easier. However, whether you’re new to this traveling gig or not, there is always something you can learn to make it run more smoothly.
Here are 5 tips to making travel easier and more bearable for all claims adjusters:
1. TSA Pre-Check/Global Online Enrollment System.
A huge timesaver is to apply for TSA Pre-Check (or if you’re traveling internationally look into the Global Online Enrollment System, which is also known as GOES). Pre-check allows you to get through the security lines faster, not have to remove your shoes or take out your laptop from your bag. TSA Pre-Check will cost you $85 but it isn’t applicable at mostly ever airport or with every airline.
If you currently have a valid passport, we would recommend investing in a GOES Known Traveler Number, which runs $100. This is more effective than TSA Pre-Check and works internationally. This is probably the best time-saving method available if you’re going to be traveling often.
2. Iron less often.
If you’re like me then you dread the thought of ironing your clothes. Business or casual, it doesn’t matter; I hate unpacking after arriving at my hotel to find most of my clothes looking as if they came out of the dirty hamper. However, after a few trips I went on, I complained to the right person who let me in on their little secret: dry cleaning bags! These little time-savers are easily accessible and will make any claims adjuster happy. When unpacking they’ll find their clothes to be wrinkle-free!
Be sure to use one plastic bag per garment, leave it on the hanger and to button it up.
3. Invest in an Inflight Wi-Fi plan.
If you are looking to be able to work mid flight and are going to be in the air more than 4 times a month, consider purchasing a package. Gogo offers an Internet plan that may be used on all domestic flights for $60/month. If you’re a claims adjuster who tends to fly on the same airline every time, you can save $10/month and choose that airline plan. You’ll save time by not having to purchase Internet access each and every time. This is one more way to make traveling easier on a claims adjuster.
This handy app is a lifesaver for any traveling claims adjuster. If you’re in charge of booking all of your own flights, creating an itinerary is one more task you don’t have time for. Enter TripIt. Create a free account and once you receive your confirmation emails, forward them over to TripIt. They’ll create a master itinerary for you for every trip and you can access it on any device. If you upgrade to the Pro version, you’ll additionally be notified of delayed flights, assistance with finding an alternate flight and track your rewards.
5. Book directly through the hotel or airline when possible.
There are many companies who will help save you money if you’re travel dates are concrete. However, if you’re traveling for an unknown amount of time, it could get costly. By booking directly through the hotel or airline, you will have additional options, such as refundable tickets or online hotel specials. Many hotels have AAA or AARP discounts or special packages to offer their guests for lower rates. Plus, if you’re dates end up changing, you can contact them and hopefully get a refund or credit for the hotel.
Are you a traveling claims adjuster? What tips have you found that are helpful when traveling?